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This is my new website. That's correct. Spider is on the web...... sorry, ahem.  

Please have a look about. Not much up yet but more to follow soon.

On here you will find information on where I am performing and with who. 

Soon there will be pictures of me with a full head of hair. OK old pictures. Yes at one time there was more on the top. 
  
I have posted just a few videos on the "videos" tab at the top but before you click there you might fancy a listen to some

music clips. Head to the bottom of this page and you can skip through a few tracks. There are some old recordings there.

Further clips of music and photographs of me playing with new and old pals will appear shortly. 
  
Thanks for all the kind words people & press have said.

I'd also like to shout out a thanks to Andy Smith for the pics. Cheers pal.

Plus thanks to Sutherland Trading for their support and supply of my Hohner Harmonicas. The only brand I play.

I'd love to stay in touch so please scroll down a little bit and join my mailing list.
  
Hope to see you soon. 
  
Love & hugs 
  
Spider 
Xx 

 

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What friends & press say 



“Colin MacKenzie 'Spider' as we all know & love him, is one of the finest musicians I have ever had the privilege of playing live & recording with Class A on both counts. I can assure you Awesome Bluesman but then there is this other whole side to Spider that makes him stand out, jazz & almost Avant Garde area he can inhabit that is way off the map, both articulate and free spirit combined, but also he takes direction great, so fantastic to work with if you are a songwriter, he also knows when to back off, which is a weakness for many musicians of all levels or genres But more important, Spider is a great man too! Solid as they come and a great friend to have I am proud to call him a brother in music.”

(Martin George Stephenson Ex Capitol & London Records recording artist) 
 
“Colin “Spider” MacKenzie is a wonderful player, he has a fluid, clean and sensitive style that is sure to touch your heart and bring a smile to your face, listen and enjoy!!”
 
(Sugar Blue - Grammy Award winner who has played with legends from Willie Dixon to The Rolling Stones)


"Spider is simply one of the best harp players there is. He's also one of the best musicians I've ever had the pleasure of working with. When we play songs together, he has an innate ability to remain sensitive to what the songs need. Whether that's creating some luscious soundscape, providing a nice groove or finding the right spaces, he always manages to know what serves the song best. But when it comes to taking a solo, then all I can do is sit back and gaze in wonder at what he can achieve with his instrument! And if this wasn't enough to make a great musical partner, then he's also one of the finest human beings I've ever known!"

(Steve Crawford - singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, session musician)


“Intensely moving harmonica sound” 

“Massively exciting naturally talented harmonica player” 

“I would cheerfully walk 100 miles over hot coals to feel some of his music” 

(Blueprint - magazine)

“I still prefer the sensitive virtuosity and imagination of Aberdeen’s junior James Cotton, Spider MacKenzie” 

(The Sunday Times)

“Harmonica virtuoso”, “Star of bloos moothie” 

(The Aberdeen Evening Express)

“I bet you think every town has a blues harp player this good. They don’t and we should cherish him.”

(The Aberdeen Press & Journal)




 

Shows & tours

Previous events

Blues & Boogie June Jamboree Featuring, Greg Izor, Al Brown, Spider MacKenzie & Friends. Support from Alana Wyness

The Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, AB25 1BU, Aberdeen

Spider MacKenzie is hosting a Blues and Boogie Jamboree this June.  £12.50 standard, £9.00 Concessions, £6.00 unemployed “It’s going to be something of a blues harmonica showdown!  A one off, special event that you don’t want to miss. We are very fortunate to have my pal Greg Izor from Austin Texas, USA visit us. I have taken this opportunity to put together a show featuring Greg and Al Brown.  Al is arguably the finest blues guitarist in Scotland today, if not in the UK. Greg and Al will be backed by some very tasty musicians. It’s going to be a night to remember with a number of surprise guests sitting in. To top it all, Aberdeen’s own blues songstress and singer/songwriter Alana Wyness will kick off the evening. Oh did I say I will be playing also? Well sure, I am. I wasn’t going to miss this chance to play with some of my favourite musicians in the world. Come on down to The Blue Lamp to join in the fun!” to quote Spider   Greg Izor – http://www.gregizor.com/ “A mash-up of Louisiana grit, Austin soul, and low-down Chicago heat, blues harmonica powerhouse” “That all-too-rare total package- a creative vocalist, harp player, songwriter, and showman” Living Blues Magazine “All the fat and no filler, just killer stuff!” Bushdog Blues Blog   Spider MacKenzie – www.spidermackenzie.com “Sensitive virtuosity & imagination” Sunday Times “I would cheerfully walk 100 miles over hot coals to feel some of his music” Blueprint - magazine   Al Brown – https://www.reverbnation.com/albrown “Clean toned blues lines sometimes with a hint of jazz” “A breath of fresh air in this world of numerous blues rock guitarists” “Outrageously talented” Blues in Britain   Alana Wyness - http://57north.org/artists/alana-wyness Alana is one of Aberdeen undiscovered stars. In the past her talents have been called upon by the likes of Phil Collins, The Shamen and Gerry Jablonski.

Jun22

Private House Concert

Aberdeen

My pal Greg Izor is in town so we are hooking up with John Carnie to play at a private house concert at Big Pete & Elaine's house :-)

May8

Dik Banovich & Spider MacKenzie

TBC, Brittany France

The third of three reunion concerts with Dik Banovich. It's been twenty years too long! Very much looking forward to playing good time blues, jazz & ragtime music Dik Banovich again!

May7

Dik Banovich & Spider MacKenzie

Salle de Fetes, 13 Boulevard Charles de Gaulle, 56410 Étel, Brittany, France

The second of three reunion concerts with Dik Banovich. It's been twenty years too long! Very much looking forward to playing good times blues with Dik Banovich again! We are playing the first half of a show with the Brian McCOmbe Band. Entry 10 euros

Mar20

Steve Crawford & Spider MacKenzie

Cafe Drummond, Belmont Street, Aberdeen

I'm playing with Steve Crawford as part of Aberdeen, Jazz Festival at Cafe Drummond on Belmont Street, Aberdeen. We start playing around 2pm however from 1pm there will be music from the great blues guitarist Sandy Tweedale & Chris Agnew on bass. Hope to see you there. More info on the Jazz Festival can be found here http://www.aberdeenjazzfestival.com/a Share

Jan9

FRANK ROBB & FRIENDS

Aberdeen Citadel, 28 Castle Street, Aberdeen

FRANK ROBB AND FRIENDS Singer, songwriter Frank Robb is joined by Yvonne Morton (Vocals), Bob Knight (Guitar and Vocals), Alan Walker (Guitar), Sandy Leggat (Fiddle) and Spider MacKenzie(Harmonica) for a programme of acoustic music, featuring folk, blues and original songs "Concerts are free but we welcome donations. All donations go directly towards supporting the performances and ensuring the continuation of the Lunchbreak programme." Advise to get there early to ensure a seat & entry. We did a similar concert in 2014 and many didn't get in.

Dec31

Steve & Spider play at The Blue Lamp, Hogmanay Party.

The Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, AB25 1BU, Aberdeen

Hi Folks, Here is a link to The Blue Lamp, Hogmanay Party. Steve & myself are playing at it along with many great musicians. There ain't that many tickets however I understand Sandy Brown the land lord at The Blue Lamp has some. Doors open 7.30pm. First act on 8.30. There will be Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, traditional, Ceilidh, Americana music. Please buy your tickets from Sandy Brown at The Blue Lamp soon or you may be disappointed Tickets are £15 in advance (purchase from Blue Lamp bar) and will be £20 on the door. I reckon it's going to be a hoot of a Hooteananny https://www.facebook.com/events/1487173581591028/

Oct24

Private Party Dortmund Germany

Dortmund Germany